Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Prepare for professional practice as a registered nurse in the complex and constantly evolving healthcare environment of today. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career with countless job opportunities and a variety of career paths.
The ADN is one of the quickest routes to becoming an RN. Graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN examination can enter the workforce in an entry-level position while advancing their career in a specialty area. ADN graduates also have the opportunity to continue on a streamlined pathway to earn an optional bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The CWC nursing program uses a team-based learning strategy that emphasizes student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class. TBL facilitates active learning through the use of small group classroom activities. This student-centered, active involvement approach brings real-world meaning to concepts explored in the classroom while enhancing professional skills in teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. TBL effectively prepares graduates for professional nursing practice and promotes lifelong learning skills.
The Central Wyoming College Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Potential Limits To Receiving Licensure
Only graduates of state board approved nursing programs are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination. A passing score must be achieved to earn the legal title of "Registered Nurse." Admission to the program is not a guarantee of professional licensure.
There are a number of reasons that the Wyoming State Board of Nursing may deny, revoke, limit, or suspend a nursing license. The Board protects the public by screening candidates for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe nurses. The law provides for denial of licensure for acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, duties, or abilities. The complete regulation (33-21-146) taken from The Nurse Practice Act may be viewed at https://wsbn.wyo.gov.
Admissions occur once per year and classes begin in the fall semester. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that the required documentation has been received in the nursing office by the stated deadlines.
Admission Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must complete the Application for Admission to Central Wyoming College. Admission to the college does not automatically infer admission to the nursing program.
- The Nursing Program Admission Application must be submitted on or before March 1. Online applications are accepted November 1 through March 1 for fall entry.
- Applicants to the nursing program must take the ATI TEAS entrance exam prior to the March 1 nursing application deadline. A minimum total score of 58.7 percent is required.
- A minimum 2.75 college cumulative grade point average is required. For program admission consideration, GPA is calculated using only the courses required for the nursing degree at CWC.
- Courses required for the nursing degree must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Students admitted to the program must meet certain Core Performance Standards, with or without accommodation.
Prerequisite requirements must be met prior to the program start date. Students enrolled in required courses in the spring semester during the selection process may be offered conditional admission, but must demonstrate successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to May 31. If you are repeating a course in the spring semester during the selection process, the previously earned grade is used in admission point calculations.
Prerequisite courses may be from CWC or other regionally accredited institutions of higher education and include:
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
Official transcripts from colleges or universities you have attended should be electronically prepared and sent by the issuing institution to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 1-307-855-2092. This does not include transcripts for coursework completed at CWC. Official transcripts may also be directly mailed in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution to
Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501
Transcripts must be received no later than March 1. For courses in progress in the spring semester during the selection process, official transcripts showing course completion must be received by May 31.
The college registrar and nursing director will review transcripts to determine transfer credit eligibility. Evaluations may take several weeks to complete and results are sent to the student’s CWC email address.
Clinical Record Requirements
The Central Wyoming College Nursing Program adheres to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations for immunizations for healthcare providers. Students admitted to the program must provide official documentation of each of the items listed below. All requirements must remain current throughout enrollment in the program. A detailed checklist is provided upon admission notification.
- Criminal background check from the designated company at www.cwcbackground.com
- Drug test
- HeartCode® Basic Life Support Certification by American Heart Association
- Immunizations: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza
Online Nursing Applications for Fall 2021 Admission are Accepted
November 1 through March 1.
Applications must be received by 11:59pm (MST)
on the application deadline.
Late applications are not accepted.
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED
Before you begin the nursing application, be sure you have reviewed the “Prerequisites and Admission Eligibility” menu above. Nursing program admission decisions are based upon fulfillment of these requirements.
Carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application form and pay close attention to accuracy in your online responses. Once your application is submitted, it will be held for review by the nursing selection committee. Applicants are notified of committee decisions in early April for the fall start.
Please submit the application form only once in the current cycle. If you have updates to any information that was submitted, contact the nursing office at 307-855-2226 or email email@example.com.
Congratulations on your decision to enter nursing. Let's get started.
ACCESS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
Each year, 32 students are selected to enter the program on the main campus in Riverton, and 8 students are selected for the outreach campus in Jackson. Admission to the program is competitive and enrollment is controlled. Complete applications are reviewed and ranked using a two-tier system.
Tier I: Application Evaluation and Scoring
In Tier I, points are awarded in the following areas:
- Grade point average. A minimum 2.75 college cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. GPA is calculated using only courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing at CWC. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. For applicants repeating a course in the spring semester during the selection process, the previously earned grade is used in admission point calculations. GPA is calculated to the hundredth place and is not rounded.
- TEAS test score. The TEAS must be taken by March 1 and a total score of 58.7 percent or higher is required.
Points are calculated using a weighted formula:
- GPA is converted to a percentage and is weighted 40 percent
- TEAS score is weighted 60 percent
- Both numbers are added to determine total points.
Bonus points for work experience as a certified nursing assistant. Five points are added to the admission points total for applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Current CNA licensure listed on the Wyoming State Board of Nursing registry.
- Continuous employment as a CNA for the past one year providing direct patient care for a minimum of 30 hours per week
To receive bonus points, a letter verifying current employment must be written on company letterhead and sent directly from a human resources official at the employing agency to the CWC Nursing Director at 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501 by the March 1 program application deadline. Documentation must include job title, hours worked per week, date of hire, and verification of current employment. The employer’s contact information must also be included for validation purposes. There are no exceptions to this provision. Other types of healthcare experience or part-time work as a CNA do not qualify for bonus points.
Tier II: Post-Selection Requirements
Applicants who accept an offer of admission to the program will advance to Tier II and must meet the following requirements before admission can be finalized.
- Criminal background check with the designated vendor at www.cwcbackground.com.
- Required immunization records on file in the nursing office at the college
- Official transcripts received in the records office at CWC documenting completion of outstanding prerequisite courses in progress in the spring semester, if applicable
Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier II requirements. Students will receive instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling these requirements. Failure to meet the requirements by May 31 will result in a rescinded admission offer.
Applicants are notified of admission decisions via postal service 4-6 weeks after the March 1 application deadline and will receive (1) a letter of acceptance, (2) an offer for placement on the alternate list, or (3) a letter of non-acceptance. An alternate list is maintained for each cohort in the event an applicant declines acceptance. Students ranked on the alternate list will be notified if an opening occurs.
An applicant who is notified of admission to the program must return the Acceptance Reply Form in order to reserve a position in the class. Admission may not be deferred or rolled over to a later term. If an accepted applicant opts to withdraw their application, notification of withdrawal must be received by the nursing office in a timely manner. Failure to notify the nursing office of intent to withdraw application may affect future consideration for admission.
Students not accepted to the program who are interested in reapplying must complete the Nursing Program Admission Application prior to the March 1 deadline in the next admission cycle, and submit official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application, if applicable.
The CWC nursing program is a 66 credit program of study leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. Once prerequisite coursework requirements are met, the program is designed to be completed in two academic years (four semesters). Enrolled students must complete the required nursing courses in sequence. The recommended ADN Program of Study is designed to help students with long-range planning. Students should work with their academic advisors in planning their schedules.
General Education and Support Courses
|General Biology (LSCI)||4|
|English Composition I (WRI)||3|
|English Composition II (WRII)||3|
|College Algebra (MATH)||3-4|
|American & WY Government (POLS)||3|
|General Psychology (SOC)||3-4|
|University Studies (UNST)*||1|
|Professional Nursing Care in Health Promotion||8|
|Pharmacology in Health Promotion||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Chronic Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Chronic Illness||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Acute Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Acute Illness||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Complex Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Complex Illness||1|
The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching space that is equipped for distance delivery by means of video conferencing technology allowing real-time interaction with students and faculty at an outreach site in Jackson, Wyoming. All nursing courses have an online classroom to handle announcements, topic outlines, discussion boards, and other communication from the faculty. Student response systems allow for enhanced participation during class and provide instructors with instant feedback related to student understanding of content.
Active classroom learning strategies used to assist the student in meeting outcomes include team-based learning activities, case studies, group work, demonstration and return demonstration, practice worksheets, concept mapping, textbooks and eResources, and ATI online products.
Team-based learning is an instructional approach designed around modules that are presented in a three-step cycle: (1) student out-of-class preparation and review, (2) in-class readiness assurance testing, and (3) application-focused exercise. An appeals process encourages students to review the material, evaluate their understanding, and defend the choice they made. This approach to learning fosters the development of high-level thinking skills and brings real-world meaning to concepts explored in the classroom.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
The simulation and skills laboratories present a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice. Here you will apply concepts learned in the classroom to hands-on skills practice. The simulation lab is occupied by life-size mannequins, from infant through adult, that simulate symptoms, diseases, and conditions that nurses are likely to see in a real patient care setting. The labs are fully furnished with supplies and equipment to create a realistic hospital environment.
High-fidelity clinical simulations are integrated throughout the curriculum and provide realistic and challenging scenarios to assist students in developing clinical judgment and decision-making skills. These scenarios allow students to respond to patient situations and learn correct interventions in a controlled environment, thereby decreasing risks inherent in practicing skills on live patients. A debriefing area allows for discussions and reflective learning following a simulated learning experience.
Online virtual clinical experiences may be used to enhance onsite instruction when clinical learning opportunities in the community are limited.
Direct Patient Care Clinical
Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical setting and engage in learning experiences where they provide direct care to patients under the close supervision of a nursing professional. Our main objective is the careful selection of a variety of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the nursing program.
In the fourth semester of the program, preceptor-guided clinical experiences may be available and placement is based on merit. The purpose is to provide students an opportunity to apply all elements of prior learning into an authentic clinical practice situation and to facilitate transition into practice. During the preceptorship, students will provide direct patient care under the guidance of a registered nurse.
Most testing is done is a computer laboratory to resemble the style and format of the national licensing examination. In certain situations, a secure online test proctoring service may be used. In that event, the student must have access to a computer with microphone capabilities and a webcam for test-taking purposes.
Technology Enhanced Learning
The program fosters the use of innovative and emerging teaching strategies and technologies to engage students in the learning process. Students accepted to the program must be computer literate and have high-speed Internet access. Students must supply a mobile device that is small enough to fit into the uniform pocket and capable of supporting the required products. The college uses Canvas Learning Management System to deliver hybrid and online course content.
Technology is integrated into the nursing curriculum in a variety of ways, including
- downloadable mobile apps
- audience response systems
- electronic health records
- interface with the online classroom
- simulation management platform to manage, operate and report simulation activities in the lab
- virtual clinical software
- automated exam proctoring services
Students wishing to transfer credit into the nursing program must meet the following requirements:
- The transfer applicant must complete the Application for Admission to Central Wyoming College.
- A minimum of 25 percent of credits toward degree completion must be earned at Central Wyoming College.
- Transfer applicants must arrange for official transcripts to be sent by the issuing institution directly to the records office at CWC.
- The CWC registrar and nursing director will review courses for transfer credit eligibility on the basis of course equivalency.
- Coursework accepted for transfer must be from regionally accredited postsecondary institutions. Life experience and military training are not accepted for transfer.
- Nursing course transfer credit is limited to courses completed at ACEN or CCNE approved programs.
- International transcripts must be translated by an approved credential evaluation service.
- Courses considered for transfer credit must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Pass/fail courses are assigned a grade of C.
- A minimum 2.75 college cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. GPA is calculated using only the courses required for the nursing degree at CWC.
- The transfer applicant must provide a syllabus for each nursing course completed. The nursing director and faculty selection committee will review the syllabus(es) to determine content similarity. Placement in the nursing program is dependent upon comparable knowledge and skills between programs.
- Nursing courses accepted for transfer must parallel CWC nursing degree requirements. The most recent course must have been completed within one semester of the date of enrollment in the CWC program.
- The transfer applicant may be required to take a subject matter exam and demonstrate skill competency for previously completed courses. Remediation may be offered as needed.
- Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to transfer into the nursing program and includes
- English I (3 credits)
- Biology (4 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy (4 credits)
- Transfer applicants who attended another nursing program must arrange for the administrator to send the CWC nursing director a formal letter that addresses the applicant’s prior academic performance.
- Applicants who have failed or withdrawn from more than one nursing course are not eligible for transfer.
- Applicants accepted for transfer are required to submit to a criminal background check and a urine drug test and must meet the immunization requirements of assigned clinical agencies.
- Admission is considered on an individual basis and is limited to available space and adequate clinical resources.
Enrolled nursing students may be considered for program-specific scholarships provided they meet stated criteria and complete the CWC scholarship application. The online scholarship application form is available November 1 thru March 1 and must be completed annually. Some scholarship awards also require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the CWC financial aid office. Nursing scholarship awards are determined in May and recipients are notified via their CWC student email account in early June.
In addition, Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN) funding may be available to assist with educational expenses for qualifying students. The FAFSA is used to determine WYIN funding. Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students are provided contact information for a servicing agent to begin the WYIN loan application process.
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- National licensure exam pass rate for spring 2020 graduates: 97%
- Program completion rate for spring 2020 graduates: 67.4%
- Job placement rate within 6 months of graduation for spring 2020 graduates: 100%
- Average college cumulative GPA for students accepted to the program for fall 2020: 3.54
- Average TEAS score for students accepted to the program for fall 2020: 77.72%
Additional Opportunities in Nursing
Advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing Program is available for licensed practical nurses. Interested applicants must contact the nursing director.
- Applicants must have active unrestricted certification as a licensed practical nurse.
- Applicants must complete the Application for Admission to Central Wyoming College.
- Applicants must arrange for official transcripts from other colleges or universities to be sent by the issuing institution directly to the records office at CWC prior to March 1 for fall entry.
- Applicants are required to take the ATI TEAS entrance exam prior to March 1 for fall entry. A total score of 58.7 percent or higher is required. The TEAS may only be taken twice within 12 months of the application deadline. The highest passing score is used. TEAS scores are valid for 24 months.
- Applicants are required to take the PN Comprehensive Predictor test prior to March 1 for fall entry and must score at or above the national mean of 69.1 percent.
- Applicants who achieve the required score on the PN Comprehensive Predictor will be awarded a maximum of 16 credits in nursing from CWC.
- Applicants must enroll in NURS 1400 (LPN Transition) in the summer session prior to advanced placement in the third semester of the ADN program.
- All courses required for the ADN must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- The following courses must be completed prior to advanced placement in the third semester of the program:
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- Math 1400 or higher (3 credits)
- Psychology (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (8 credits)
- LPN Transition (2 credits)
- Remaining courses required for the ADN must be completed prior to graduation, and include
- English Composition II (Business Communications or Technical Writing may be substituted) (3 credits)
- American & Wyoming Government (3 credits)
- Students entering with advanced standing must meet current immunization requirements and submit to a criminal background check and urine drug test.
- Advanced placement must be recommended by the nursing director and faculty selection committee and is dependent upon available space and adequate clinical resources.
A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an individual who has successfully completed a state board approved training program and has passed the state licensing examination.
As a nursing assistant, you will work under the supervision of nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals to provide direct care to patients in a variety of settings. Nursing assistants are the primary caregivers in meeting the day-to-day needs of patients. They play a significant role in relaying information about the condition of patients to members of the healthcare team.
Who Can Enroll?
The nursing assistant course at CWC is available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Becoming a nursing assistant could be a stepping stone for continuing your education and becoming an RN or seeking out other types of healthcare careers.
When is the Nursing Assistant Course Offered?
Courses are offered on the Riverton and Jackson campuses. Please contact the nursing office at the college for a current schedule of course offerings. The course is not restricted to a semester-length schedule, which makes offerings more opportune. It doesn’t take long to become a nursing assistant and you will continue to learn once you find employment
How Do I Register?
For registration assistance, contact a CWC academic advisor at 307-855-2270. You may also contact the CWC Jackson Center at 307-733-7425 for assistance with courses offered at the outreach site.
Most nursing assistant courses are four to six weeks in length and the cost is affordable. Some community agencies may offer assistance with the costs of completing a course. Additionally, some employers may pay for your training or reimburse you upon successful completion. At times, the agency that provides training opportunities will offer employment to students who demonstrate ability.
Cost considerations include tuition and fees, textbook and workbook, stethoscope, bandage scissors, scrubs, immunizations, background check, drug test, CPR card, and certification fees upon completion of the course. There may also be costs associated with travel to clinical sites.
You will attend a classroom learning environment prior to receiving hands-on direct patient care experience in a clinical setting. The classroom and laboratory components comprise 40 hours. The clinical component is 36 hours of actual patient care in a clinical agency where you will be under the supervision of a clinical instructor.
Basic Life Support Certification
The student must successfully complete the HeartCode® BLS course by the American Heart Association. This is taught during class time. Certification is good for two years from the issue date. You will not be allowed to attend clinical without current BLS certification.
Immunization requirements vary among clinical agencies and the student is expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the respective agency. A copy of your records must be presented to the instructor prior to the first clinical date. Check with your instructor for exact requirements, which may include TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza. Central Wyoming College adheres to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations for immunizations for healthcare providers.
Background Check and Drug Test
Students are required to submit to a drug test and a criminal background check prior to clinical placement. More information will be provided the first day of class. This is not something that you can complete ahead of time.
Upon successful completion of the course, students have the opportunity to submit an application to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for licensure as a certified nursing assistant. The certification examination is conducted monthly at various test sites throughout the state. Your instructor will provide you with scheduling information. The Wyoming State Board of Nursing determines eligibility to take the certification examination and is responsible for the oversight of nursing in the state of Wyoming. Successful completion of the nursing assistant course does not guarantee certification.
307-855-2226 or 1-800-735-8418, Ext. 2226
Meet your faculty
Stacey comes to CWC with a wealth of knowledge in the nursing field.
With more than 22 years as a nurse, Amy loves bringing her experience to the classroom.
Jenn specializes in medical-surgical and administration but also has experience in intensive care, neurology, and the emergency department.
Anne brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.
Cathy is a member of the CWC faculty team as an instructor at the outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.
Liz has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a lot of time mentoring new nurses.
Terry brings more than 33 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings.
With 21 years in the healthcare field as a nurse and paramedic, Chris is excited to share her various experiences with nursing students.
Anna is a nursing instructor at the CWC outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.
Melissa joins the CWC nursing team with experience in multiple areas of nursing practice.